Winning becomes a habit – Scott Naylor

Date published: Monday, August 5, 2013
WINNING becomes a habit — and Oldham are relishing their role in an exciting two-club race for the Championship One title.

The 44-24 win at London Skolars — seven tries to four — was the Roughyeds’ seventh in a row and their 11th in the last 13 league games.

They have lost only once in seven league games on the road (22-20 at North Wales Crusaders) and they are the only side in the division to have taken at least one point from each of the 14 games played.

Said coach Scott Naylor: “London isn’t the ideal place to go so soon after we had put everything into that great display against North Wales Crusaders.

“We had a long journey down and then we stepped into a tough environment in which only one previous visiting team this season has taken home the points.

“It was always going to be a massive ask of us, but we keep finding a way to win games and that’s down to our self-belief and self-confidence.

“Our start was fantastic, both offensively and defensively. It was great to go 18-0 up, but we then took our foot off the gas a little bit.

“London played some nice rugby and the momentum swung their way.

“We did well to go in at half-time eight points in front because in the 20 minutes before half time Crusaders got better and better.

“We spoke at half-time about the need to start winning the ruck again; about the importance of our forwards picking things up a bit; and about the necessity for our halves to impose themselves a bit more.

“In the second half we did all of that, and more besides.

“Our lead ticked along, but London wouldn’t go away and it was easy to see why they had lost only once all season at home.

“As always we finished stronger than our opponents, scoring the last 14 points of the game.

“To do that we showed a lot of character, just as we have done all season no matter where we have been playing.

“Individually, Phil Joy, Mathew Haggarty, Sam Gee and Adam Files were excellent, while Richard Lepori’s three tries were exceptional.”